Lake Fort Phantom kidnapping suspect arrested for burglary


HAWLEY, Texas - "I love her, she's my wife."

That's what Gatlin Hackman told KTXS as he was being led away in handcuffs following an alleged kidnapping early Tuesday morning.

According to police, Hackman had a domestic dispute with his wife Tuesday at a Lake Fort Phantom home. Police said Hackman attempted to get into the home and then forced his wife into his vehicle against her will after showing a weapon. He then drove away.

Investigators with the Texas Department of Public Safety, Abilene Police Department, and the Jones County Sheriff's Office searched nearby houses and fields and talked to neighbors in hopes of locating the couple.

According to one neighbor, she woke up to find multiple police units across the street from her home. When they told her to stay in her home, that's when she got scared.

However, the search didn't last long.

The couple ended up at the suspect's mother's house on F.M. 1226 in east Hawley a few hours later at about 11 a.m. Police said the victim didn't appear to be physically harmed, but was taken into protective services.

Hackman was taken into custody shortly before noon. Officials with the Jones County Jail confirmed to KTXS that Hackman was booked on a burglary of a habitation charge.

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